Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'JEKYLL AND HYDE' TEEN JAILED; Threats to Kill before Knifing His Neighbour: Boozed-Up Teen Knifed Neighbour

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'JEKYLL AND HYDE' TEEN JAILED; Threats to Kill before Knifing His Neighbour: Boozed-Up Teen Knifed Neighbour

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

A "JEKYLL and Hyde" teenager who slashed and scarred a neighbour after a massive drinking binge is starting a sentence behind bars today. Six-foot Ryan Bradley Hugill brandished a kitchen knife, threatened to kill horrified onlookers then slashed 54-year-old James Waldon. Judge Peter Bowers told the teenager: "It's quite obvious that you're a Jekyll and Hyde. "When you're good, you're very good. And when you're bad, you're awful. Unfortunately this is about the worst side of you that you can get. What you did to Mr Waldon was unforgivable. He's got a huge scar on his arm as a result of what you did." Hugill, 19, was described as menacing, pumped up, shouting and screaming when he turned up at his mum's neighbour's house on Cradoc Grove, Ingleby Barwick. He hammered on the door of Mr Waldon, who was drinking and socialising with friends in the back garden, and demanded to be driven to a house where he said he wanted to kill the occupant, prosecutor Paul Newcombe told Teesside Crown Court. People tried to calm him down and he left but returned 20 minutes later kicking the garden gate. When Mr Waldon tried to usher him away, Hugill threw off his shirt and adopted a "classic boxer's stance" shouting: "Come on. I'll take the ****ing lot of you." He punched a woman, 41-year-old Christina Hyland, to the face. He then went to his mother's kitchen, took a large knife and returned to the gathering brandishing the weapon. He told people: "If you don't **** off I will kill you." He threatened to stab Mr Waldon to the neck then lunged at his chest.He missed, then swung the blade at MrWaldon's head and neck and slashed his right arm, leaving a six-inch wound. Hugill, also of Cradoc Grove, then ran home.

Scaffolder Mr Waldon said it was an unprovoked attack which left a long scar and numbness to his arm and affected his young family. …

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